Wednesday 30 Jul

Sobering sounds

Copperheads with Depth & Current, Dudes of America and Oblivious

10 p.m. Saturday


113 N. Crawford Ave., Norman



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Pony expression

Wild Ponies

8 p.m. Sunday

The Blue Door

2805 N. McKinley Ave.



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Music Made Me: Josh Hogsett

Few, if any, Oklahoma bands have seen a rise as meteoric as Tallows over the past year, yet its seemingly overnight ascension didn’t happen by chance. The Oklahoma City four-piece is well-versed in the ways of modern pop songwriting, drawing from both glitchy electronica and cathartic indie rock in equal measure. Last year, the band pulled off a rare musical feat with its debut album, Memory Marrow, which was steeped heavily in the breadth of recent history yet managed to sound like nothing else before it.
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Planting the seed

Chelsey Cope’s new band, Elms, is as earthy and native to Oklahoma as the trees that are their namesake. The soulful folk four-piece’s debut EP, Parallel Lines, was recorded at Bell Labs Recording Studio in Norman and is on its way in September. But the band has already given us a tease, with its first single, “Burn,” going live on SoundCloud on July 14.
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Commercial rock

Center of the Universe Festival featuring Capital Cities, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION & more
Downtown Tulsa 

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Noah and the Whale — Last Night on Earth

Folk band goes synth-rock?

Stephen Carradini March 24th, 2011

There’s one less witty folk-pop group in the world, and one more synth-driven pop band.


Noah and the Whale’s “Last Night On Earth” trades in the acoustic guitars and clever lyrics of previous efforts for big synthesizer hooks and optimistic platitudes.

These tunes aren’t bad. They have solid choruses, good instrumental melodies and pleasing arrangements. All those elements are carried over from Noah’s two earlier albums. But there are bands that have been doing anthem-laden synth-rock much longer than Noah, and that experience makes their albums better than “Last Night on Earth.”

There are high points: “Paradise Stars” is a beautiful, piano-led instrumental tune. “Give It All Back” is led by a perky marimba line that gives it a unique feel. “The Line” features what sounds like hammered dulcimer before giving in to synth burbles, and the dreary musing is the most satisfying of the bunch. Gospel choirs make appearances throughout, which is fun. Songwriter Charlie Fink seems comfortable in these tunes vocally, which helps the enjoyment even when the rest of the tune inspires head scratching.

The inevitable cheesy moments: “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.” is nearly self-explanatory in its campiness. “Tonight’s the Kind of Night” is a Killers song. Opener “Life is Life” has a regrettable electric guitar/synth noise piercing it over and over.

Would you expect The Killers to turn out a charming, low-key folk album? No, and if they did, it would probably have some struggles. Noah’s synth-rock turn is the same. “Last Night on Earth” is somewhat like if Annie Leibovitz suddenly decided to shoot landscapes. I mean, it’s kind of the same thing, right?

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